Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Gertie Bow Blouse

I had Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing at Christmas and have been pouring over the pages ever since trying to decide what I'd make first.

This is my first make from the book and it was soooo easy to follow the instructions. The patterns are printed on several sheets in a envelope at the front of the book. Before opening this envelope I had visions of a Burdastyle magazine style mass of many lines to decipher. To my joy the patterns were very clearly laid out and although they did need to be traced it was very easy to do.

I read a few reviews from people who'd made this up and many commented that the neckline was very tight. So before I started on the fabric I made alterations to the neck edge and neck band.

Gertie's example piece is made in a quite substantial fabric, while I had this quite lightweight silk, that I picked up in Hong Kong 2 years ago, so I wasn't quite sure how it would work in this style.

It was easy and quick to sew up. The hand stitched sleeve hems took the longest time. I did them while watching the Great British Sewing Bee last night - I really would like to see Lauren win.

I wore my blouse to work today (I'm an art teacher and I had a rather messy day today - not good when wearing a silk blouse!)

My husband took the photos when I got home - no creases! now that's the type of fabric I like. The blouse is really comfortable and easy to wear, and cool - which is a good thing in my overheated classroom!

I'll definitely be making this again and as styled in the book I think I'll make a pencil skirt to match it with. The skirt I'm wearing today is from White Stuff.


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